Fish landed into Scotland is 'first sold' (sold for the first time, as distinct from sales later in the chain) either as:
- direct landings into the ports with auction facilities or from fish transported from other Scottish ports to the auctions (which the industry terms ‘consignments')
- privately/directly to buyers within the UK, from direct supplies which others cannot bid for at auction, or
- at auction or privately abroad, after transport from the UK, such as to auctions or processors in France and Spain
One-hundred percent of fisheries products must be weighed prior to transport after landing, unless Member States obtain EU approval for an exemption (a derogation) not to weigh 100 percent. The UK has gained and is seeking such approval for three derogations, in line with the methods of sale for fish landed in Scotland. These are:
- A 'sample plan' for fish sold at a UK auction. This allows for a small proportion of the fish landed, rather than 100%, to be weighed either at the UK port of landing or the UK auction, provided it is sold at that auction
- A 'control plan', which allows fish which is sold privately within the UK to be 10% weighed, either on landing or after transport at the destination in the UK
- The UK also seeks to agree 'Common Control Programmes' (CCPs) with other Member States aimed at derogating the requirement for 100% weighing prior to transport for the fish to be sold abroad. Where a CCP is in place, fish can be landed in Scotland and transported for 'first sale' in these countries prior to weighing, provided it is weighed at its destination in the associated Member State.
Further details can be found on the Implementation of Control Regulation Weighing Page.